The Importance of Book Clubs

I had a wonderful experience the other night—my very first “interview” with a book club. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Would they be nice? Would they ask questions that I had no answers for? Would I sound dumb or, worse, conceited? More importantly, did they like my book?

The only thing I knew for sure was that I knew Sally, the hostess, was a sweet lady. Funny thing is—once I walked in the door, I wasn’t nervous at all. I received hugs and warm welcomes from everyone.

They didn’t interrogate me, well not too badly, anyway. 😉 They did, however, want to know all about my writing journey, how long it took to write the book, how I found my publisher, where the idea for the story came from… You name it, they wanted to know.

And shy little ole’ me actually had answers that even sounded knowledgeable. {snort}

There was nothing formal about the setting. Simply people sitting around discussing something we all love to do—read. By the end of the evening I felt as if these total strangers were now my friends who are cheering me on. (Actually, I think they’re all now sitting on my back pushing me to hurry and finish the next book. Hehe)

So my advice to all the authors out there…if you have an opportunity to talk to a book club, go for it. And if you’re a member of a book club and you hear of an author who lives in your area, invite them to speak to your group. It would be a great learning experience for everyone.

Oh, and the best part about my experience? They all loved my book! What more could an author ask for?


About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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